There was lots of excitement in the heats on day two, with S14 swimmers Seage and Catchpole looking to claim their third medals of the competition. There were a number of other medallists from yesterday also looking to capitalise on their success.
MC 200m IM
In the Men’s MC 200m IM heats, Jordan Catchpole of UEA Norwich booked lane four after winning his heat and swimming the fastest race overall. He swam inside of his qualifying time to claim 679 BDP.
Joseph Seage, who has already clocked two medals so far in the competition, looks to have his sights set on a third. The S14 Rotherham Metro swimmer was just four points behind Catchpole, who is in the same classification.
Another UEA Norwich swimmer, Katie Nesbitt, claimed the top spot in the women’s event. The S14 swimmer, who won silver in yesterday’s 100m Freestyle event, finished with 617 BDP.
The 50m Freestyle competition is a fast-paced and exciting event, and this morning’s heats were no exception. In the Men’s 16yrs age group, Matthew Pomford of City of Liverpool touched in around half a second under his qualifying time to book lane four for tonight’s finals.
In the 17yrs age group the winner of the 400IM, Rory Huggins of Havant and Waterloo, qualified fastest with 24.31. He will be up against Salford’s Daniel Austin, who swam under his qualifying time to bag lane five.
In the women’s event, Kirstin Harvey of Nottingham Leander was the fastest qualifier in the 14yrs age group. She shaved just under half a second from her qualifying time to take the middle lane.
MC 50m Freestyle
Yesterday’s 100m Freestyle gold medallist, Kiera Shepherd of Nova Centurion, was fastest qualifier in the women’s 50m event. The S9 swimmer finished ahead of Rebecca Redfern, who heads out to the Paralympic Games this summer, and Katie Nesbit, who already qualified for the 200m IM this morning.
In the Men’s MC 50m heats, Catchpole and Seage both qualified for their second finals of the day, with Catchpole swimming a great time of 26.82 to score 767 BDP.
In the Men’s 16yrs age group, James Woodward, gold medal winner in the 200m Freestyle yesterday, bagged lane four for the final. The Potters Bar swimmer was the only swimmer in the age group to go sub 59 (58.91).
City of Salford’s Olivia Herron was the fastest qualifier in the Women’s 12/13yrs age group. The young swimmer claimed two medals yesterday, gold in the 100m Breaststroke and silver in the 400m IM. She looks to be determined to make it three in this evening’s finals.
In the final heats of the morning session, Oliver Crosby dominated the 17yrs 200m Breaststroke event. He was the fastest qualifier in his age group by over two seconds. The Stockport Metro swimmer won gold in the 100m event yesterday and looks to have an edge over the competition going into this evening’s final.
Eleanor Collin left the field behind in heat five of the Women’s 200m Breaststroke. The Pioneer 79 swimmer went nearly three seconds under her qualifying time. She was the fastest qualifier in her age group, making her way into this evening’s final with 2:43.84.